Addressing a joint press conference here this evening, the representatives of the two student bodies appealed to all the student organisations and the people to extend their support and co-operation to the cause.
DESAM president H Ashirjit Luwang said that in protest against prescribing the upper age limit of the MPSC conducted examination on the basis of the State Cabinet decision adopted in 2005, ATSUM and DESAM submitted numerous representations to the Government jointly with the request for maintaining the age limit being followed previously. However, the State Government has remained adamant to its stand. So ATSUM and DESAM have been compelled to take the joint decision of launching agitation against the Government.
Spokesperson of ATSUM Joseph Hmar asserted that the MPCC and the Government of Manipur seem to know nothing about the ground realities in fixing the upper age limit of the MPSC examination based on the pattern of the UPSC. The prescribed age limit of the UPSC examination cannot be imposed in Manipur at all. In case the Government does not change and remain stick to its position, then ATSUM and DESAM would not hesitate in taking recourse to even undemocratic form of agitation, he warned.
Advisor of DESAM PC Newton pointed out that the ‘one time age relaxation’ was not in the interest of Manipur. So the State Government should act in accordance to the demands of ATSUM and DESAM.
Meanwhile, it is conveyed that an open discussion session on the issue would be held starting from 10 am of March 5 at the hall of DM College of Science. The two student bodies have appealed to the people and Government officials to come and participate in the discussion session.
Govt relaxes MPSC upper age limit
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Mar 3: Along with deferring the election of the District Councils which was earlier scheduled to be held in April this year, a meeting of the State Cabinet today has relaxed the upper age limit of the Combined Civil Services Examination to be conducted by MPSC.
According to a Cabinet Minister of the SPF Government, the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh decided to postpone the District Councils election which was scheduled o be held on April 18 and 19.
The new dates for holding the election would be fixed after enactment of an Act for which a Bill would be introduced during the ongoing Assembly session.
The Cabinet Minister further informed that the today’s Cabinet sitting has also decided to relax the upper age limit of the Combined State Civil Services examination to be conducted by the MPSC this year upto 32 years for general candidates, 35 for OBCs and 37 years for SC/ST candidates.